OVERVIEW: The Ms. Foundation for Women seeks organizations that address broad policy changes for women’s rights. It invests in women’s health, safety and economic justice.
IP TAKE: This funder supports women’s groups from the grassroots to the national level. It also supports capacity building and offers a journalism-based fellowship.
PROFILE: Gloria Steinem, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Marlo Thomas and Patricia Carbine established the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1973. Affiliated with Ms. Magazine, an iconic periodical of contemporary feminism, the Ms. Foundation for Women works tirelessly to “build women’s collective power to realize a nation of justice for all.” More than a funder, the foundation seeks to transform women’s reality from the ground up. Today, the foundation exposes the challenges women continue to face, “especially women of color and low-income women, [those] living in poverty, working paycheck to paycheck or both.” The Ms. Foundation for Women invests in women’s health, economic justice, and safety. The foundation awards grants to a broad range of women’s causes such as ending gender-based violence, protecting women’s access to healthcare, and women’s sexual and reproductive health rights.
Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $50,000. Past grantees include Women in Islam, which received a grant for its amnesty project, and SisterReach, which received support for its reproductive justice work. To learn more about Ms. Foundation grantees, examine its current grantees list.
The Ms. Foundation for Women also offers a fellowship opportunity for women. The fellowship, launched by The OpEd Project in partnership with the nation’s leading universities and foundations, provides “a diverse cohort of 19 Ms. Foundation grantees with resources, skills and access, in order to ensure their ideas shape not only their respective fields of reproductive and economic justice and safety, but also the greater conversations about gender in America.”
The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding, but occasionally announces open calls for proposals on its website.
- Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO
- Zabrina Collazo, Program Associate, Women’s Health
- Ellen Liu, Director, Women’s Health
- Aleyamma Mathew, Director, Women’s Economic Justice